Let's start with the sunnier side, specifically the bright light that is Westhaven Center for the Arts. Longtime folksinger Jim Page
returns to Humboldt for a special evening hosted by the Northcoast Environmental Center and the Humboldt Folklife Society. Counting Bonnie Raitt and Utah Phillips among his admirers, Page needs little introduction — but if you don't know him, think socially relevant messages delivered in a classic 1960s/1970s-era style. That is to say, sharp, humorous and with no slight sense of irony. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door, $12 advance and for NEC or HFS members. Local music sweethearts Mo and Morgan Hollis
open. (Note: Your faithful music columnist has a day job with the NEC.)
brings his visceral songwriting and unrelenting DIY ethos back to the Alibi. The one-man band has spent years carving a niche in underground music with his stark take on Americana, opening for such luminaries as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Th' Legendary Shack Shakers along the way. Think fire and brimstone deep in the backwoods. The Smashed Glass
, local Irish punk balladeers, shares the bill. Cover is $5, show is 21-and-over, and music starts around 10 p.m.
For those seeking a dance party and then some — do you have your summer jam dialed in yet? — Robot Koch
, Wu Wei
and Naive Melodies
join Blue Angel Burlesque
and weed activist Ed Rosenthal
at the Arcata Theatre Lounge. Berlin-based producer Robot Koch brings beats too large to define, Wu Wei combines ambient IDM (intelligent dance music) with the earthy bass of futuristic world hip-hop, and Arcata's Naive Melodies perform and honor music created by the Talking Heads. Got that? Doors open at 8:30 p.m., cost is $20 and the show is 21-and-over.